I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
- Mary Gardiner Brainard
I think the difficulty with this is remembering to keep in mind the fact that God is with us in the dark. Walking in the light is lulling and easy, causing it to at least appear more appealing. But therein lies the danger and is possibly why, so often, we are called to walk in the dark.
The light has a tendency of falsely removing our dependency upon the LORD. When things go well, we are lulled into thinking that we have it all under control. The darkness, the unknowns of life, however, show us in glaring contrast that we can truly do nothing on our own.
Walking in the darkness is not what anyone really "wants." No one wants the pain of illness and unanswered questions, the trial of job loss or heartache. But is it not typically when the world goes awry that we sink to our knees in recognition of our dependence upon the LORD? It is in the darkness of life's trials that we find we must cling to the cross and place our hope fully in Him. So, though I would rather the light, so long as God is with me, I will walk through the dark.